Northfield Mountain
Nordic Ski Patrol

National Ski Patrol Logo The Northfield Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol (Northfield, Massachusetts) is an organization of volunteer first responders trained and nationally certified in winter safety, outdoor emergency care, cross country skiing, land navigation, mountain travel, search and rescue, and winter survival.

Avalanche Level 1 Course “Avalanche Foundations” Module
Posted July 30, 2014

avalanche The Western Massachusetts Region will host an Avalanche Level 1 Course “Avalanche Foundations” Module on October 25 (Saturday) at Northfield Mountain. Significant pre-course study is required, but otherwise the course has no prerequisites. Students planning to proceed though to the next module (up north, during the winter) must have back- country ski gear. See all details at:

Great River Challenge Triathlon at Northfield Mountain
Posted September 6, 2014

Great River Challenge Triathlon

Northfield Mountain welcomes paddlers, runners, and mountain bikers to the Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon. Athletes in 13 categories may enter one or all three events. Take a look at the course maps, visit the Great River Triathlon webpage, and read the article in The Recorder. The date is Sunday, September 28th.

EMS Hadley Club Days and Members Sale
Posted August 23, 2014

EMS club day

Eastern Mountain Sports in Hadley will hold its semi-annual Club Days from Friday to Sunday, October 3 to 5. Members of outdoors organizations receive a 25% discount on all EMS© brand items and 20% off almost everything else. Bring your NSP card to qualify.

Orienteering Meet at Northfield Mountain
Posted May 4, 2014

O-logo The New England Orienteering Club will hold an event at Northfield Mountain on Saturday, May 31. Races begin at 9:30 in the morning and continue through the day. For more information and registration, visit the event website.

AMN Returns to Northfield Mountain in September
Posted March 26, 2014

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Eastern Division Avalanche, Mountain Travel & Rescue, and Nordic instructors will convene at Northfield Mountain for a weekend of seminars and skills refreshers, the fifth time here in eight years. The hardy participants will camp at Barton Cove Friday and Saturday nights. Join them if you dare! The dates are Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21.

The 2011 event was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of Ski Patrol magazine.

Keep up to date on the weekend’s program by visiting the AMN14 website.

Northfield Mountain Ends Ski Season
Posted March 14, 2014

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From the Daily Trail Report, Thursday, March 13, 2014:
“Our ski and snowshoe season has ended abruptly after Wednesday's rainstorm. The trails are mostly ice with some bare spots and no snow in the forecast. Thanks for visiting this winter! The trails will be closed to all uses while the ice melts and the mud dries.”

Be sure to check the latest update before you come to use the trails. We can now be found on Facebook.

Brett Battles the Birkie!
Posted February 23, 2014

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On Saturday, Brett Marquard competed in the Birkebeiner Skate Race in Cable, Wisconsin, his twelfth time in the grueling 50 km (31 mi.) event. He finished the course in a time of 3:28:56.6, a pace of 6 min 43.5 seconds per mile or 8.92 miles per hour. Brett placed number 483 of 3955 entrants, faster than 87% of his competitors. Congratulations, Brett!

Jonathan Receives Awards
Posted February 17, 2014

Snow Forecast Map

Jonathan Shefftz holds the Eastern Division Pete Snyder Outstanding Nordic Patroller Award and the NSP’s Silver Merit Star as Runner Up for the National Outstanding Nordic Patroller of the Year. Looking on are Don Rickson, Bill Schweikert, and Bob Presutti.

Telluride Mountainfilm On Tour Coming to Amherst March 1
Posted February 12, 2014

Telluride Mountainfilm

Telluride Mountainfilm On Tour returns to Hampshire College in Amherst on Saturday, March 1, 2014! Mountainfilm is a festival focusing on activism, culture, environment, and extreme adventure. The best of the prize-winning films tour the country. Those screened in Amherst will be selected from this list. Click above image to enlarge.

Patrol Receives National Recognition
Posted February 8, 2014

Western Massachusetts Region Director Joel Sevick today presented a National Certificate of Appreciation to our patrol. The citation reads,

The National Ski Patrol System
hereby awards the
National Certificate of Appreciation to
Northfield Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol
in recognition and acknowledgement for
kind donations of medical training equipment to the
patrollers of the Western Massachusetts Region.

Northfield Mountain Open for Skiing!
Posted February 6, 2014

Daily Ski Report logo Wednesday’s snowstorm gave us nine inches of snow. The trails have been groomed for classical and skating. Skiing should be great under sunny skies.

Read Northfield Mountain’s Daily Ski Report for more.

Latest Trail Sweep is now Online
Posted January 25, 2014

Daily Ski Report logo Eastern Division’s Winter 2014 issue of Trail Sweep can now be downloaded. Inside you’ll find the Division Director’s and Treasurer’s Reports and informative articles about the Alumni, Senior, S&T/OET, AMN, Certified, MTR, Awards, and Young Adult programs. Look for Jonathan Shefftz's informative account of the Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop.

Download Trail Sweep here. (1.4 MB PDF)

Northfield Mountain Daily Ski Conditions
Posted December 20, 2013

The morning ski conditions report from Northfield Mountain is available in three ways:

  • Daily Ski Report download with photos, snow conditions, and suggested wax.

  • The Western Massachusetts Cross Country Ski Area Association daily snow report

  • The mountain's toll-free, 24-hour snow hotline, 800-859-2960

Visit the Western Massachusetts Region Website
Posted December 15, 2013

WMR logo The Northfield patrol is part of the Western Massachusetts Region (WMR). Visit its website to see what's going on in other patrols in this part of the state. Save the web address, in Bookmarks or myFavorites.

Patrol Recognizes Bob Perry
Posted December 13, 2013

Forty years ago, Bob Perry was one of the first members of our patrol. In 2003 he was awarded National Appointment 9702 in recognition of his service. He stepped down from patrolling a few years ago and recently retired from Northfield Mountain staff. The The patrol’s Old Guard honored him at a reception last night. Bill Gabriel presented Bob with a certificate and plaque in recognition of his multi-decade service. In attendance were Tom Deam, Charlene Deam, Bob Duris, Joannie Duris, Bill Gabriel, Anne Perry, Bob Presutti, Chris Williams, and Bill Schweikert. Chris Frado and Denny Wilkins sent warm greetings. Western Massachusetts Region Nordic Advisor Bob Presutti organized the event.

Patrol Website Marks Ten Years
Posted November 2, 2013

website anniversary

The Northfield Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol website ( first went online in November, 2003, ten years ago. Since then, we’ve announced upcoming patrol activities and reported related events outside the patrol.

If you’re nostalgic, take a look at the first month of postings in fall 2003. You’ll find that the format is a bit different, but the page is still familiar.

Joannie Duris Honored
Posted October 27, 2013

patroller achievement award

At today’s Nordic Skills Refresher, Patrol Representative Bill Gabriel presented the Eastern Division Patroller Appreciation Award to Joannie Duris in recognition of her long service to the patrol. The EDPAA is intended to recognize long-tenured members who frequently go above and beyond expectations in their patrol but who have not had the desire or opportunity to assume leadership roles at the patrol or region level. Joannie received a certificate, an embroidered patch, and a pin. Congratulations, Joannie, and thanks for your service.

Northfield Mountain Nordic Patrol Members Honored
Posted October 21, 2013


Western Massachusetts Region Director Joel Sevick presented awards to Jonathan Shefftz (left) and Bill Schweikert (right) at the region’s recent fall officers’ meeting.

Jonathan received the Eastern Division Pete Snyder Outstanding Nordic Patroller Award and the NSP’s Silver Merit Star as Runner Up for the National Outstanding Nordic Patroller of the Year. Bill received the 2013 Regional Directors Award as The Volunteer who has Contributed the Most to Patrolling for the Region.

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